Court of Appeals of New York
138 N.E.2d 799 (1956)
Decina (defendant) suffered an epileptic attack while driving which caused his vehicle to travel at a high rate of speed, jump a curb, and strike four individuals, killing them. Decina was charged with, and convicted of, “criminal negligence in the operation of a vehicle resulting in death.” Decina appealed, claiming the trial court erred in overruling his demurrer to the indictment and allowing the admission of incompetent testimony. The appellate division held that the demurrer was properly overruled, but reversed and remanded to the trial court for a new trial on the second issue. Decina and the prosecution appealed to the Court of Appeals of New York.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Froessel, J.)
Concurrence/Dissent (Desmond, J.)
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